Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large […]

Assignments issued to Cannon airmen

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Approximately 260 Cannon Air Force Base airmen received new assignments last week as the base transitions to a new mission. Most of the airmen being reassigned maintain and support Cannon’s F-16 and will follow the jets as they are redistributed throughout the Air Force in the next year as Cannon […]

Cannon airmen to receive new assignments in February

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base airmen with positions specific to F-16s will be given new assignments by a relocation team in February, according to a Cannon Air Force Base spokesperson. A team from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas will assign approximately 300 airmen permanent changes of station Feb. 5-9, according […]

Program aims to curb DWIs for Cannon

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to save […]

Sweet charity realigns

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Friends of Cannon Families helps airmen bridge financial gaps when needs arise, yet this year the group found its own coffers lacking. That is when a Clovis businessman concocted a plan to sweeten the pot. During a spring meeting of the committee for the Combined Federal Campaign Fund, Greg […]

Cannon pilot relives journey

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers It starts like this. “I want to become a pilot. I think it’s awesome. I want to be a fighter pilot. My second choice would be a commercial pilot. Then a stunt pilot. Then a test pilot,” said Andres Gallegos of Albuquerque. His aspirations, at this stage, are simply stated. […]

Cannon appreciation day to continue despite BRAC

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Committee of Fifty President Terry Moberly said the 16th annual Cannon Appreciation Day will be held Friday at Unity Park regardless of whether the air base remains on the Pentagon’s base-closing list. Moberly said base supporters plan to put on their “happy faces” during the event on base while they grill […]

Former Air Force sergeant reminisces about Clovis AFB

By Darrell Todd Maurina Coming to Clovis in 1954 was a major change for New York City native Peter Hendricks. But even five decades later, Hendricks said he enjoyed his time at what was then known as Clovis Air Force Base — quiet was precisely what he wanted after having served during the Korean War. […]

Deployed Cannon airmen returning home

Freedom Newspapers About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]